Citrus College is a public two-year institution located in Glendora, California. Citrus College was founded by Dr. Floyd Hayden in 1915 when they enrolled 27 students in order to bring the community college trend to California. From 1915-1961 the college was operated by the Citrus Union High School District. The Citrus Community College District was created in 1961 to unify the Azusa and Glendora school districts, which led to an expansion including Claremont, Duarte, and Monrovia school districts. Today, Citrus College is more than 100 acres and is currently undergoing a major renovation project that will change the entire look of the campus. The mission of Citrus College is “Citrus College delivers high quality instruction that empowers students to compete globally and to contribute to the economic growth of today's society. We are dedicated to fostering a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success in pursuit of academic excellence, economic opportunity, and personal achievement”.
Citrus College enrolls about 11,750 students and has a student to faculty ratio of 32 to 1. Approximately 65% of students study part-time. About 53 percent of students are female and more than 55% of students are Hispanic. Almost all of the students (99%) enrolled in Citrus College are from or have permanent residence in California. Around 25% of the student population is adult age (25 years old or older). The overall graduation rate for Citrus College is around 32%.
Citrus College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to this accreditation, Citrus College also boasts professional memberships of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Community College League of California. This institution offers certificates, Associate’s degrees, and personal and professional development opportunities. Classes are offered on a 16-week calendar with fall and spring semesters as well as six week winter intersession, summer sessions, evening classes, and distance education classes. Distance education classes are offered to provide flexibility and convenience to students with other responsibilities. Three types of distance education courses are offered at Citrus College: online courses, hybrid courses that incorporate online and in-class participation, and web-enhanced courses in a traditional classroom setting. Students can earn the seven Associate’s degrees completely online. Study abroad programs are available in Florence, Italy; London, England; and Salamanca, Spain and last for one semester.
Students at Citrus College have the opportunity to join a wide variety of student clubs and organizations. Many students enjoy participation in Student Government to gain leadership experience. Athletic teams at Citrus College include: men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and men and women’s water polo. The Citrus Owls are members of the California Community College Athletic Association and compete in the Western State Conference. Other student services include: counseling and advising, tutoring, and career and academic advisement.
Tuition at Citrus College varies depending on the number of credits a student is enrolled in and residency. For a full-time student enrolled in 12 credit hours, tuition would cost $552 for a California resident ($46 per credit) and $2,508 for an out-of-state student ($209 per credit) per semester. There are also some fees including parking, health service, and student representation fees. Around 57% of students are receiving some kind of grant or scholarship financial aid.
Citrus College has an open admissions policy. To apply for admission, complete an application online and submit all official transcripts from previous college(s) or high school(s) attended. Once accepted, students must take an assessment test to determine placement and attend a mandatory student orientation. Once both of those items have been completed, students meet with a counselor to register for classes.
It is encouraged for students to apply for financial aid immediately after applying for admission or soon after January 1 of each year. To determine aid eligibility, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (use code 001166). Financial aid at Citrus College is offered in the form of grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. State funded programs include: AB 540, Board of Governors Waiver, Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Child Development Grant, and EOP&S (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services). Scholarships are available from Citrus College as well as from private organizations.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 years academic certificates
Adult Age Enrollments:2,938
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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